Feel The Earth & Smell The Wind Among Wild Animals – Maasai Mara, Kenya

Common or Plains zebra herd running (Equus quagga burchellii) – wide angle perspective taken from a remote camera.

 

Photographer Anup Shah is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this wildlife photography.  From his book/project ‘The Mara‘.  To see Anup’s body of work click on any image.

 

Common or plains zebra (Equus quagga burchelli) and Eastern White-bearded Wildebeest mixed herd on the move (Connochaetes taurinus) – taken with a remote camera controlled by the photographer.

 

Common or plains zebra (Equus quagga burchelli) and Eastern White-bearded Wildebeest mixed herd on the move (Connochaetes taurinus) – taken with a remote camera controlled by the photographer.

 

Nile crocodile emerging from the Mara River – wide angle perspective(Crocodylus niloticus).

 

A few years ago, on the open plains of Maasai Mara, I was in the midst of elephants and within touching distance of a couple of them. I felt a primeval sense of being, a connection to a distant past. I wondered if I could translate that feeling into photographs.

 

African elephant female and calf approaching with curiosity (Loxodonta africana) – taken with a remote camera controlled by the photographer.

 

Maasai giraffe walking – remote camera perspective (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi).

 

Eastern White-bearded Wildebeest herd (Connochates taurinus) and Common or Plains zebra herd (Equus quagga burchellii) waiting to cross the Mara River – wide angle perspective taken from a remote camera.

 

I opted for an approach that is immediate, intimate, immersive, inclusive and involving but which also gives a feeling of space. I wanted to impart to the viewer what it feels like – mentally and physically – to be inside the vast and lively landscape of Maasai Mara, being among wild animals. In this way, I hope the viewer can open up to Mara and its animals – feel the earth, smell the wind, and touch the elephant’s wrinkled skin. Then, perhaps, the viewer might connect with The Mara and extend sympathy to this natural world.

 

Topi standing on grassy plains (Damaliscus lunatus) – wide angle perspective taken from a remote camera.

 

African elephants gathered to feed on loose soil for it’s minerals – remote camera perspective (Loxodonta africana).

 

Maasai giraffe males (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi).

 

 

 

Book By Anup Shah

 

 

 

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